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Take a step back from noisy political debates and tune in to rich conversations on India and the world. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Science-geek-turned-policy-wonk Pavan Srinath talks to scholars and experts on everything from India's unique genetics to why China isn't really trying to take over the world. New episodes out every Thursday. The Pragati Podcast is the titular podcast of the online magazine Pragati, and has a lot more brain fodder at www.thinkpragati.com.
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India has fraction of the doctors and medical professionals it needs, even as healthcare is increasingly becoming a politically important issue. In this context, the Government of India recently passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act 2019, which wants to usher in a new regulatory apparatus for medical education in the country. A welcome replacement for a corrupt and dysfunctional Medical Council of India, the NMC Act is not without its share of protests and criticisms. Sambit Dash joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 108 of the Pragati to talk about medical education and the NMC Act. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting next week. Sambit Dash teaches biochemistry to medical students at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and is an alumnus of the Takshashila Institution. He writes extensively on various policy issues, especially various aspects of medical education. Suggested readings & podcasts: [Podcast] The Medical Council of India: http://www.seenunseen.in/episodes/2017/3/7/episode-8-the-medical-council-of-india [Livemint] Is NEXT the panacea for medical education woes? https://www.livemint.com/Education/MkZvFhKf39vIbKXmlDEfwK/Is-NEXT-the-panacea-for-medical-education-woes.html [The Wire] What's next for the NMC Bill? Confusion. https://thewire.in/health/nmc-bill-mbbs-exit-exam [EPW] Exit Exam in Medical Education: Whatever NEXT? https://www.epw.in/journal/2017/52/commentary/whatever-next.html [The Wire] It's a Bad Idea to Outright Reject Bridge Courses for Healthcare Professionals. https://thewire.in/health/its-a-bad-idea-to-outright-reject-bridge-courses-for-healthcare-professionals If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/
Ep. 107: Regulating DNA Tech

Ep. 107: Regulating DNA Tech

2019-08-0801:00:101

DNA samples can today be used for creating a unique fingerprint or ID, for diagnosing cancer and heritable diseases, for telling you your ancestry or even paternity. The cost of sequencing the full genome of any human cost over a $100 million dollars at the start of the 21st century, and today costs just a few hundred dollars. In this backdrop of DNA sequencing technology being used for criminal, civil, medical and other purposes -- The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 has been reintroduced in the Lok Sabha. Drs Mandira Kala and Shambhavi Naik are on Episode 107 of The Pragati Podcast to tell us all about the DNA bill. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Announcement: New episodes of The Pragati Podcast will be out every Wednesday, starting next week. Shambhavi Naik is a cancer researcher turned bioscience policy researcher and entrepreneur. She is a Fellow for technology and policy at the Takshashila Institution, and the Founder of CloudKrate. Mandira Kala is the Head of Research at PRS Legislative Research, and has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachussets. Suggested readings: - Bill Summary & Legislative Brief from PRS: http://prsindia.org/billtrack/dna-technology-use-and-application-regulation-bill-2019 - The DNA Bill is designed to fail, Shambhavi Naik in FirstPost: https://www.firstpost.com/india/dna-bill-is-designed-to-fail-6038751.html If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
Can India's higher education system thrive when the teaching profession has lost most of its status in society? What is necessary for India to educate millions of its citizens who turn college-going age every year? Pushkar joins Pavan Srinath on Episode 106 of The Pragati Podcast to share his thoughts. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations. Pushkar is the Director of the Goa International Centre and a political scientist with a PhD from McGill University who has taught in both India and Canada. He writes regularly on higher education for The Wire, and other publications.   If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
How has India's anti-defection law undermined democracy in the country? How do we tackle endless horse-trading of elected representatives in India? The Anti-Defection Law stifles intra-party democracy and dissent, and is also undermining the stability of elected governments. How do we fix a solution that has grown bigger than the problem? Alok Prasanna Kumar returns to Episode 105 of The Pragati Podcast helps us understand this constitutional crisis, and a big political challenge for Karnataka in particular, as well. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Alok Prasanna Kumar is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a former Supreme Court lawyer and co-host of Ganatantra Podcast Anupam Manur is an economist at the Takshashila Institution who works on employment, market regulations and trade, as well as a frequent guest on the show. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
The Government of India has announced that it will start issuing Overseas Sovereign Bonds, thereby allowing the government to borrow in dollars from foreign lenders. With falling savings rates in India and the little money available to the private sector to borrow locally, is this a solution that can help kickstart the economy? Or are dollar bonds like a drug, addictive and ruinous over time? Anupam Manur returns to Episode 104 of The Pragati Podcast to tell us how dollar bonds would affect the Indian economy. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Anupam Manur is an economist at the Takshashila Institution who works on employment, market regulations and trade, as well as a frequent guest on the show. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com.   Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
India was one of the founding members of the United Nations, but as a colony of the British Empire. Almost 75 years later, the UN has shaped international relations as we know it. The UN has played pivotal roles in completing decolonisation across the world, shaping the legal use of seas and oceans by all nations, and much more. Ameya Naik returns to The Pragati Podcast to talk about the United Nations and its role in global governance. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Ameya Naik is a non-resident Associate Fellow at the Takshashila Institution. Ameya has been on The Pragati Podcast before, to talk about sovereignty in Episode 42, about nuclear agreements with Iran and North Korean in Episodes 51 and 52, and about the Syrian Civil War in Episode 62. If you want to learn more about India's early engagement with the United Nations, you can try Manu Bhagavan's book The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
India is a Union of States, and Indian Republic's federal nature has been hardcoded into the Constitution. While political federalism is important, control over the purse strings often makes or breaks federalism. Pranay Kotasthane returns to The Pragati Podcast to help us understand how fiscal federalism works in India. Pranay and Pavan talk about the Finance Commission, recent developments and debates, and how the Planning Commission played an overwhelming role in fiscal federalism till it was abolished. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Pranay Kotasthane is the Head of Policy Research at the Takshashila Institution and hosts the Puliyabaazi Hindi Podcast. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati
Air pollution in our cities, vanishing groundwater, disappearing lakes and global climate change. What is common to all of them is that they suffer from the tragedy of the commons. Lingaraj Jayaprakash joins us on the Pragati Podcast to help us think about the commons better. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Starting this week, The Pragati Podcast will be airing every Wednesday instead of every Thursday. Lingaraj Jayaprakash is a researcher at the Sustainable Futures Lab at McGill University who works on environment and development. He has just submitted his doctoral thesis on development and conservation in peri-urban Bengaluru. He is also popular on twitter as @vktkv. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
On the 100th episode of The Pragati Podcast, the tables have been turned. Host Pavan Srinath occupies the guest seat today, with Winona Laisram talking to him about his last decade of working in public policy, and recording one hundred episodes of The Pragati Podcast. Winona Laisram is a Visual Designer and Communicator, who has also shared the last four years of Pavan's journey as his partner. Winona works extensively on branding and design for non-profits, startups and others, and was the Art Director for *Namma Pride 2016. If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
The world today is broadly organised into sovereign nation states, and we all believe that the Indian Nation exists and is thriving. But what is nationalism, at its core? How did nationalism really evolve in Europe, and are ideas like Indian nationalism and Tamil nationalism quite the same? Dr AP Ashwin Kumar joins us on Episode 99 of The Pragati Podcast to unpack nationalism, language and identity. The Pragati Podcast is a weekly talkshow on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath. Starting this week, The Pragati Podcast will be airing every Wednesday instead of every Thursday. AP Ashwin Kumar is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Learning Futures at Ahmedabad University. Ashwin has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Manipal University, and has 10 years’ experience in teaching and research in Cultural Studies.   If you have any questions or comments, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: https://instagram.com/pragatipod Follow Pragati on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkpragati Follow Pragati on Facebook: https://facebook.com/thinkpragati Subscribe & listen to The Pragati Podcast on iTunes, Saavn, Spotify, Castbox, Google Podcasts, AudioBoom, YouTube or any other podcast app. We are there everywhere.
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Comments (36)

Sheik Muhideen

This episode was riveting (despite the duration!). Thanks for the content.

Jun 17th
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Pavan Srinath

Sheik Muhideen Thank you so much!

Jun 18th
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ashutosh pandey

Loved the episode.. More power to you 👍👍

Jun 1st
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Pavan Srinath

ashutosh pandey Thank you so much, Ashutosh!

Jun 7th
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hemal shah

Thanks for various highlights. 1. Section 144 2. How TRAI is regulating and it's role 3. Shutdown is not a solution. and many more points are covered. Various sites are blocked but what about web series. There is no regulation.Many web series are using adult content and slang language.

Apr 25th
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ashutosh pandey

Very good episode..

Apr 11th
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rishi kesh

Great episode! Loved every bit of it

Apr 2nd
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Pavan Srinath

rishi kesh Thank you, Rishi!

Apr 5th
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Keshav Prabhat

Good Insights pavan. Also please do an episode regarding 'Policing in India'.

Mar 29th
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Ajai Music

Keshav Prabhat very good podcast thanks keshav for sharing

Apr 11th
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Pavan Srinath

Keshav Prabhat Thank you, Keshav. And that's a great suggestion.

Apr 5th
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Rajat Raj Yaduvanshi

It would be great if you can bring back Hamsini Hariharan as co-host, please

Feb 16th
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Rajat Raj Yaduvanshi

Rajat Raj Yaduvanshi sure,I have find it

Apr 7th
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Pavan Srinath

Pavan Srinath Hi Rajat, do check out Hamsini's new show States of Anarchy. It's now up and out every week!

Apr 7th
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K Muzaffar

Awesome

Jan 31st
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Pavan Srinath

K Muzaffar Thank you!

Feb 25th
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K Muzaffar

please make more episodes like this one.

Jan 7th
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Pavan Srinath

K Muzaffar Thank you, Muzaffar!

Jan 12th
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K Muzaffar

awesome work

Jan 7th
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ashutosh pandey

Loved the episode...

Jan 2nd
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Pavan Srinath

ashutosh pandey Thank you, Ashutosh!

Jan 12th
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Sai Chavali

another amazing episode with ep71! Real story is that the Indian forces saved 800+ lives while we werent prepared as a nation to save the 161+ lives that we lost (mostly in the first hour)!

Dec 5th
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Pavan Srinath

Sai Chavali Thank you, Sai! Dheeraj really provides perspective on how to think about what happened.

Dec 21st
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Sai Chavali

loved ep65 as it was practical advice for Indians sick of the Bullshit from TOI and many national newspapers. Will spread the good word on TheNewsMinute

Oct 23rd
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Pavan Srinath

Sai Chavali TNM is fantastic. There's still some honest journalism out there. And I'd say, some great journalists across various media houses.

Oct 24th
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Sheik Muhideen

Thanks for the quality conversations, guys.

Aug 17th
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Pavan Srinath

Sheik Muhideen Thank you so much, Sheik Muhideen. Glad you liked the episode.

Oct 20th
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Milan Ajay

Amazing episode!

Jul 23rd
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Pavan Srinath

Milan Ajay Thank you, Milan!

Oct 20th
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ashutosh pandey

Superb episode Loved it

Jul 2nd
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Pavan Srinath

ashutosh pandey Thanks Ashutosh. I'm lucky to have a fantastic guy like Anupam as my colleague. Do check out other episodes with him as a guest.

Oct 20th
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Sai Chavali

loved the red rocket red flare latest episode as of may 12! such fascinating research that shows history is not black and white.

May 12th
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Pavan Srinath

Sai Chavali Thank you, Sai! Ram Ganesh has pieced together the history really well.

Oct 20th
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Ujjwal Seth

So important 😊

Apr 1st
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unnati bose

so good.

Jan 1st
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